Farmers more likely to be green if they talk to their neighbors Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
MSU researchers find that farmers are more likely to reenroll their land in a conservation program if they talk to their neighbors about it.
Scientists from MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability used a simulation model to study the amount of land farmers in the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China reenrolled in the Grain-to-Green Program (GTGP), which aims to reduce soil erosion by converting sloping cropland to forest or grassland. Farmers receive
Uncovering the Secrets to Better Medicine in Costa Rica Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
Costa Rica’s average life expectancy and infant mortality rates are virtually identical to that of the United States. Assistant Professor C. Patricia Obando, Director of Medical Education in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College of Human Medicine, hopes to share the secrets of her home country’s health care success via a unique exchange program.
Brazil Trip Immerses Med Students in Tropical Medicine Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
Aboard a traveling hospital on the Amazon River, a group of Michigan State University medical students had a lesson in tropical medicine, working with patients suffering from parasitic infections, malnutrition and malaria.
China’s Agricultural Development at a Crossroads Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
New research conducted by Michigan State University, Renmin University and Landesa shows China is at a crossroads in its agriculture development. As a result, MSU researchers suggest that China should protect land rights of all farm families and restrict corporate farming if it wants to close the income gap between cities and countryside.
MSU Experts Tapped for Project in Senegal Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
Researchers at MSU and four partnering institutions in the U.S. will use a $28 million, five year grant from USAID to bolster agricultural education and research systems in Senegal, in hopes of increasing food supply and improving nutrition.
MSU Strengthens Partnerships in Brazil Published: Friday, 20 Apr 2012
In a move designed to strengthen research collaborations and educational resources, Michigan State University, Federal University of Para (Universidade Federal do Pará), Federal University of Bahia (Universidade Federal da Bahia) and University of São Paulo have joined to launch The Brazil Partnership Program.
Shaping India’s Educational Future Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
Michigan State University’s College of Education has been tapped by one of the world’s most influential philanthropic organizations, the Azim Premji Foundation (APF), to improve teacher education throughout India.
Encouraging Entrepreneurs Around the World Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
This past fall marks the pilot run of a new partnership, where 20 King Khalid University (KKU) students will join a class of MSU students via an interactive open educational resource entrepreneurship education curriculum.
Protecting that Simple Compound – H20 Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
An MSU-led consortium of researchers earned the prestigious $2.3 million Partnerships for International Research in Education (PIRE) grant.Their research will focus on the development of nanotechnology tools to better understand how mebranes work and how to make them better.
Tigers Out of Sight are Far From Out of Mind Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
It doesn’t matter that Neil Carter has only twice caught fleeting glimpses of a tiger in all the months he’s spent in Nepal. In fact, it’s kind of fitting. Carter, a doctoral student in MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, approaches conservation and sustainability in a way that’s not just about a charismatic animal. It’s about connectivity and the delicate, complicated dance between tigers and people in Nepal.
Globalization in a Biodiversity Hotspot Published: Thursday, 19 Apr 2012
Previously thought extinct in Nicaragua, a small Baird’s Tapir population was recently found to be alive and well and living in the Caribbean Coast rainforest. Thanks to MSU researchers, together with Nicaraguan colleagues from the Universidad de las Regiones Autonomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaraguense (URACCAN), important data on these tapirs—large mammals similar in shape to a pig, but with a short prehensile snout like an elephant’s-- will be passed on to those scientist